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Opinion: No Southern Strategy? No Problem for Romney

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Team Mitt should view last night's losses as an opportunity: to grab the center now and secure firmer standing against President Obama in the fall.

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Primary Election Wrap-up: What's Next for the GOP after Alabama and Mississippi?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

More than halfway through the Republican primaries, there is still no clear frontrunner. It's a three-way race with four men running, and the guy that no one paid any attention to last year keeps walking away with primary victories. Our expert political panel examines last night’s Republican primary election results and discuss what Mississippi and Alabama's wins may mean for the GOP race ahead. 

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The Political Pitfalls of Mitt's NY Money

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Mitt Romney was born in Michigan and governed in Massachusetts, but New York is fundraising home.

He's raised more money here than any other state, and nine of his top ten fundraising zip codes are in New York City or its suburbs - in Fairfield County, Connecticut, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. He’s back on Wednesday for fundraisers in New York City and Stamford, Connecticut.

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In Deep South, Shades of Red Will Decide Primaries

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

While it may be tempting to simply think of Mississippi and Alabama as two states in the “Deep South,” that misses a lot of the subtle—and not so subtle—differences that will decide their primaries on Tuesday.

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Candidates' Religious Rhetoric May Not Resonate with Non-Christian Voters

Thursday, March 08, 2012

In 2012, religion is on the ballot like never before. Three of the four remaining GOP candidates often invoke their faith on the campaign trail, and say it’s their belief in God and Christianity that inspire their policy choices. Rick Santorum has gone even further, saying he’s guided by his Catholic faith — and his decision-making in the White House would be too. But what if you’re a Republican not of the Christian faith? Is this rhetoric on the campaign trail isolating?

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Opinion: Delegate Math: What They Need to Win

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

It's a catastrophic disaster for the GOP that the results of Super Tuesday were so completely indecisive.

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Analysis: Romney Must Ease Independents' Concerns

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Mitt Romney's lackluster showing in Super Tuesday's primaries nonetheless moves him closer to the Republican presidential nomination. He was able to pad his delegate lead, but a string of events and voter data underscore his challenge in winning independent voters turned off by the long, divisive primary.

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Todd's Take: Three Bellwethers to Watch in the 2012 Election

Friday, March 02, 2012

The Republican presidential hopefuls aren't the only ones who have been flocking to states like Ohio and Michigan. President Obama has also been campaigning hard in the rust belt. Manufacturing jobs and the state of the economy are on everyone's mind.

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Deepak Chopra: Fundraising for Obama to Counter 'Jingoistic' GOP

Thursday, March 01, 2012

"My observation of the Republican primary campaign is that it has pandered to the ultra-ideologues in the political arena. It has also made the whole atmosphere really jingoistic," Chopra said. 

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Senator Olympia Snowe Will Not Seek Reelection

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

In a surprising move, Maine Senator Olympia Snowe announced on Tuesday that she will not pursue a fourth term in November. One of the three Republicans to support president Obama's 2009 stimulus package, Snowe cited the senate's "atmosphere of polarization" as one of the reasons she decided not to run. Her departure is yet another sign that moderates are less influential in D.C.

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Romney and Santorum Sharpen their Message for Super Tuesday

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

With Super Tuesday approaching, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum used their speeches after last night's primaries in Michigan and Arizona to position themselves favorably. Santorum reached out to women after sparking controversy regarding his position on contraceptives, and Romney drove his message home with a new slogan.

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Newt Gingrich's Super Tuesday Strategy

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Newt Gingrich hasn't been able to wrestle a significant percentage of voters since South Carolina. The former speaker of the house's super PAC, Winning the Future, is going on an ad buy blitz in seven out of ten Super Tuesday states, spending upwards of $10 million. Focusing on Southern states, these new ads mainly attack Romney for being "out of touch," but also target Santorum for lack of leadership experience.

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Romney Wins Michigan and Arizona Primaries

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Romney campaign may be breathing a sigh of relief this morning. A loss in Mitt's home state would have been devastating, which makes the victory all the sweeter. Rick Santorum came close to pulling off a coup, but in the end Romney won with 41 percent of the votes. It was more decisive in Arizona and that means Romney had a very good night.

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Opinion: Waitress Moms, College Snobs, and the Tug-of-War for Populist America

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Rick Santorum's "snob" comments just don't make sense. And they won't win Waitress Moms in 2012.

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Opinion: Individual Mandate Might Sink Obama in Swing States

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The majority of polls show Obama beating Romney and Santorum nationally, but he's not doing nearly as well in the battleground states that will determine this election.

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Track: Michigan Primary Returns

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The map on this page shows not only who’s winning in each of the state’s 83 counties, but, using Patchwork Nation, it shows how the candidates are doing in each of Michigan's nine  types of county – from the wealthy Monied Burbs to the Service Worker Center counties. It will fill in with data as the results from the primary comes in.

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Track: Arizona Primary Returns

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The map on this page shows not only who’s winning in each of the state’s 15 counties, but, using Patchwork Nation, it shows how the candidates are doing in each of Arizona's six types of county – from the Service Worker Centers to the rural agricultural Tractor Country counties. It will fill in with data as the results from the primary comes in.

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Connecting with White Middle Class Voters

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

With shifting demographics, the white, working-class worker isn't the only voting block that matters — but they're still very vocal and powerful one. Sharing some beliefs and experiences of disillusionment, these voters primarily cast their ballots based on social issues. As Romney continues to slide in his home state the day before the election, it's possible that Santorum could yet again surpass him in the Michigan and Arizona primaries.

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Working White Voters: Misunderstood Political Prize

Monday, February 27, 2012

The richest voters support Republicans, but the richest states support Democrats. White voters without a college degree overwhelmingly favored Republicans in 2008 and 2010, but they’re making up a shrinking share of the electorate.

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The Role of Religion in Politics

Monday, February 27, 2012

On Sunday, during an appearance on ABC News' "This Week," Rick Santorum pushed his socially conservative message to new heights by denouncing the separation of church and state. Specifically, he stated that John F. Kennedy's 1960 speech supporting the split "made [him] want to throw up," and began the turn away from American values. However, some historians assert that the age-old debate over the role of religion in politics is actually quite recent, and only entered public discourse with the rise of the religious right in the late 80s and early 90s.

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